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Answer to Question #19639 in Inorganic Chemistry for fahad anwar

Question #19639
Zn++=-0.76v,Mg++=-2.37v,Na+=2.71v which of the following is strongest redusing agent
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A reducing agent (also called a reductant or reducer) is the element or compound in a reduction-oxidation (redox) reaction that donates an electron to another species; however, since the reducer loses an electron we say it is "oxidized". This means that there must be an "oxidizer"; because if any chemical is an electron donor (reducer), another must be an electron recipient (oxidizer). Thus reducers are "oxidized" by oxidizers and oxidizers are "reduced" by reducers; reducers are by themselves reduced (have more electrons) and oxidizers are by themselves oxidized (have less electrons).

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